The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, a short story by Mark Twain, had nothing on the Radiator Springs bullfrogs today. Sean figured out how to catch them this evening and the kids had frog races to see which would get back to the pond first.
They are big, and they are fast. The kids were screaming encouragement, and I think it was “Trevor” that won. They had named the frogs, of course.
The frog races were one of the last activities of our very busy, very satisfying day.
We started at 5:30 a.m. to get to the LDS church near Radiator Springs by 10:00 for the baby’s blessing. Our extended family increased the attendance there by about 50%, and they were happy to have a pianist for Relief Society and more children for their Primary. They are a strong branch with good members, but 23 additional people makes an impact on a small congregation.
Elaine is in the Primary presidency, so had to deal with the fallout from our being there. That included W~ walking in, taking one look at her, and saying, “Why do you have to be here?” From the mouths of babes… Wonder if he had some mischief planned, or if he was just curious, or maybe felt sorry for her?
After church some of us went berry picking over by the creek and found two cherry trees with sweet yellow cherries, two varieties of mulberries, and several large thickets of black raspberries. We ate as we picked and still managed to fill two containers with fruit. While we were foraging others cooked dinner on the grill and got out the side dishes that had been brought; I made a blueberry buckle for dessert and we all ate till we were stuffed.
The cousins enjoyed playing together and had fun jumping on the trampoline, playing pool (as in, on a pool table), swimming in the pond, running foot races around the pond, riding bikes in the driveway, and “helping” Uncle Sean catch frogs. Sean is excellent with little kids and had some of them croaking at the top of their lungs on the premise that it was attracting the frogs to them. Too cute.
Most of the adults and some of the kids played games of Bananagrams and Apples to Apples, while a few lucky people managed to get naps. Katie and Elaine captured highlights of the day on their cameras, and we all had plenty of time to just sit and relax together and talk.
Such are the rewards that come after many years of raising children. If you’re lucky they turn out to be people you enjoy spending time with; if you’re very lucky you may even become friends.
The weather was perfect, the whole family was together for the first time since Christams (well, all except H~ who is out of town), and it was a Norman Rockwell sort of day. We all agreed we should do it again soon and set a date for the first weekend in August. By the time Bud and I go home it was 11:00 p.m.
Now for the survey, and I really would appreciate thoughtful responses. Especially from those who are familiar with the LDS faith, but not from anyone who was there today.